Friday, May 21, 2021

Yumiko in Her White Coat

Yumiko has been a student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for about one year.  She is a hard working woman and making it through.  Today she asked me if I might come and take a picture of her in her white coat.  I was thrilled and took a thousand photos of her and Jessi.  We had such a good time. Here for your looking pleasure:

Monday, May 17, 2021

The Great American Toad Migration.....

 When I got to the pools at Pawling Farm I noticed the toads immediately.  Everywhere I walked little tiny toads were underfoot.  Thousands and thousands and thousands of them.  Just a fingernail in length and with so much energy and determination.  I knew I had to get a good picture.  But they were so small and so fast and so well camouflaged.  I found a bunch of buttercups.  Sat down and tried and tried to catch a little toad and put him on the buttercup.  They were all there, but it was so hard.  I almost gave up.  They were so fast.  They had no interest in the buttercup.  Finally I took a buttercup and dunked it in the water thinking a toad might want a little drink.  Whatever, the next toad stayed around long enough for a picture.  Here he is..

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Owen Biddle's Black and White Photo Class

 I didn't have a chance to get out and photograph today, but I was going through old, old photographs and came across this 2010 wild photo assignment.  I was taking a class with Owen Biddle and he wanted us to photograph emotion in black and white.  I remember setting this up with a camera on a tripod.  It was so much fun!! I think it may be the most looked at photo on my blog.  Who would a thunk it!

First Sighting of the 17 Year Cicada!!


Friday, May 14, 2021

Handsome Boys in the Woods - Valley Forge


      Such beauty and so curious! (Click on Deer for full effect.  It is so much more fun!!)


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Oven Bird is Back

 The only oven bird I ever saw and photographed was in Valley Forge probably around 2010 until last year.  Charlestown Meadows is full of these little beauties.  And today I found them again.  Here are two of one and a shot of the Wood Thrush who is also back,  Oh such fun!!!

Oven Bird on the Ground

Oven Bird in the Light

The Wood Thrush

Monday, May 10, 2021

Eastern College Pond Today

 I only had about an hour and a half this morning.  I decided to go to Eastern College Pond and look for baby Canada geese.  Instead I found a beautiful Eastern Phoebe who posed for me and two blue gray gnatcatchers building a nest in a tall tree along the banks of the pond. Eastern College always delivers.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Shy Damselfly - Today in Valley Forge

It was a very chilly morning today.  I found this little damselfly asleep on a leaf.  He got a rather rude awakening with my camera, but it was just too cold for him to fly away.  It was loads of fun - at least for me.  (Click on him for the full effect.)

Friday, May 7, 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Mr. and Mrs. Grosbeak at the Feeder

This morning when I woke up and looked outside there at our brand new squirrel busting bird feeder were two rose breasted grosbeaks!!  I was beyond thrilled as I've only seen one in my life.  I went outside with my big lens and they posed for a photo.  And they stayed all day! There were at least four different birds.  Oh so fabulous!!